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Re: Filmspots 2016: Eligibility Questions
« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2017, 07:41:36 AM »
As far as I know, if the film debuted in 2016 it is eligible to be included in Filmspots. However, since it does not release domestically (U.S. that is) until 2017, you are not likely to garner enough support for the film to gain a nomination. In that case, it will once again be eligible for Filmspots in 2017. It's dual eligibility, for films in unique cases like the ones you mention, is only ruined if it manages to get nominated for the 2016 awards.

Hopefully that clarifies things. Essentially, feel free to vote for it, but since it's not out in the US it probably won't be nominated, which is also okay because that just means it will be eligible again next year.
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Re: Filmspots 2016: Eligibility Questions
« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2017, 08:35:07 AM »
Yeah, it can't ever be too early for a film to be eligible. The thought is if it is too early, it'll show through lack of nominations, so the only place rules need to define eligibility is on the end.

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Re: Filmspots 2016: Eligibility Questions
« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2017, 01:44:51 PM »
Yeah, it can't ever be too early for a film to be eligible. The thought is if it is too early, it'll show through lack of nominations, so the only place rules need to define eligibility is on the end.

Indeed, it's a tough balancing act. Last year, for example, Son of Saul (which didn't hit its peak number of US until March of this year) snuck onto the ballot in the Debut Feature category. If that hadn't happened, could it have contended in even more categories this year? Or would it have been entirely forgotten? Tough to say.

Some voters definitely have an aversion to voting for a film in the year after it was nominated for an Oscar, but I think the two films you cited will be exempt from that bias.

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Filmspots 2016: Eligibility Questions
« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2017, 01:49:31 PM »
Where do we stand on Only Yesterday? It seems a bit silly to consider it a 2016 film, but it did technically get its US theatrical release in 2016.
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Re: Filmspots 2016: Eligibility Questions
« Reply #24 on: January 12, 2017, 01:52:49 PM »
Where do we stand on Only Yesterday? It seems a bit silly to consider it a 2016 film, but it did technically get its US theatrical release in 2016.

Films are only eligible for three years from their initial release date in ANY country, so its eligibility expired after the 1993 Filmspots.

This is known as The Melville Rule.

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Re: Filmspots 2016: Eligibility Questions
« Reply #25 on: January 12, 2017, 02:01:10 PM »
Where do we stand on Only Yesterday? It seems a bit silly to consider it a 2016 film, but it did technically get its US theatrical release in 2016.

Films are only eligible for three years from their initial release date in ANY country, so its eligibility expired after the 1993 Filmspots.

This is known as The Melville Rule.

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The Melville Rule makes a lot of sense.
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